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Transcript of Kara Walker
By: Ambria Ross The Means to an end--A shadow drama in five acts, 1995
Retrieved from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Kara_Walker_-_%27The_Means_to_an_End--A_Shadow_Drama_in_Five_Acts%27,_etching_and_aquatint,_5_panels,_1995,_HAA.JPG. The Gift,1997
http://www.colby.edu/academics_cs/museum/images/africanAmericanArt.jpg. Before the Battle (Chickin' Dumplin'), 1995
http://oaj.oxfordjournals.org/content/33/3/277/F7.large.jpg. Endless Conundrum, An African Anonymous Adventures, 2001
http://www.artscape.fr/wp-content/uploads/2007/07/Endless.jpg. Cut, 1998
http://whitehotmagazine.com/articles/2008-kara-walker-hammer-museum/1259. You Do, 1993/1994
http://artnews.org/whitney/?exi=7634&Whitney_Museum&Kara_Walker. A Work on Progress, 1998
http://www.terminartors.com/files/artworks/4/1/8/41824/Walker_Kara-Work_on_Progress.normal.jpg. Hunting Scenes, 2001
http://www.terminartors.com/artworkprofile/Walker_Kara-Hunting_Scenes. Camptown Ladies, 1998
http://www.terminartors.com/artworkprofile/Walker_Kara-Camptown_Ladies. Negress Notes, 1995
http://www.terminartors.com/artworkprofile/Walker_Kara-Negress_Notes. Slavery! Slavery!, 1997
http://www.brooklynmuseum.org/eascfa/feminist_art_base/archive/images/201.699.jpg. Kara Walker was involved
in the Black Arts Movement. Walker was a contemporary African American artist who explores race, sexuality, violence, and gender in her work. But some say she was more involved in the Pop Art movement by Andy Warhol. Artistic Movement Darkytown Rebellion, 2001
http://learn.walkerart.org/karawalker/Main/TechniquesAndMedia. Do you like Creme in your coffee and chocolate in your milk?, 1997
http://learn.walkerart.org/karawalker/Main/TechniquesAndMedia. Untitled, 1995
http://oneartworld.com/artists/K/Kara+Walker.html?atab=works&image=1044. Test Questions What art movement does Kara Walker fall in? Test Questions Who influenced Kara Walker? Andy Warhol What two artistic movements is she associated with? Black Arts Movement (BAM) and Pop Art. Influences She was influenced by Andy Warhol "with his omnivorous eye and moral distance".
She was also influenced by Robert Colescott, "who inserted cartoonish Dixie sharecroppers into his version of Vincent van Gogh’s Dutch peasant cottages." "Walker has produced works in ochre gouaches, video animation, shadow puppets, and "magic-lantern" projections, as well as a number of black-paper silhouettes, perhaps her most recognizable works to date." Types of Work Done by Walker What is Walker's most recognizable work? Silhouettes. (mirror) (mirror) (mirror) (mirror) (mirror) (mirror) (mirror) (mirror) (mirror) (mirror) (mirror) (mirror) The Gift, 1997 Made with Gouache
Gouache- a special type of paint made with gum arabic
Similar to watercolor
One of her few paintings "I was looking at racist paraphernalia, iconography, and then at these accurate versions of middle-class Americans. I began to associate the silhouette itself, the cutting, with a form of blackface minstrelsy. Here we have these mainly white sitters or a few slaves who were documented in silhouette- but for the most part white sitters whom I identify as middle class because upper class would require a full-fledged oil portrait and that’s what I had already ruled out for myself...’No oil painting here, not going to ape the master that way.’"
- Kara Walker Hunting Scenes Made from cut paper and adhesive on a wall. Darkytown Rebellion "Like her wall-sized murals and cyclorama, Kara Walker employs light projection to cast shadows and create all-encompassing environments for viewers. In Darkytown Rebellion Walker applies paper-cut silhouettes to the wall and then washes them with vibrant light from colored transparencies on several overhead projects placed on the floor of the gallery. Viewers are further involved with this installation as their shadows are also cast onto the wall as they walk through the space. In this way, visitors literally enter the narrative and the history it suggests through their own silhouettes."
http://learn.walkerart.org/karawalker/Main/TechniquesAndMedia Black Arts Movement The Black Arts Movement or BAM was a movement that was very controversial. It came about in the sixties because that African American people had more freedom. This movement includes literature, poetry, dance and lots more. It also inspired Latinos and Asian Americans to begin to publish their work. Kara Walker was associated with BAM because she "spoke" in her art about what happened to the African Americans. Pop Art The pop art movement began with Andy Warhol. He wanted to make art with the popular culture. Kara Walker's work could be considered pop art because of the way that the silhouettes are done. Personal Vision Kara Walker's personal vision was for people to understand what happened to the slaves back in the 1800s. She made the art so that the people that were all "blind" to what was happening to other human beings, could understand. She was definitely a mirror of what the world was like in the 1800s. She became an artist because her father was an artist and she would think as a child, I want to do that, too. Video http://www.sfmoma.org/explore/multimedia/videos/209